There will be some spoilers, as I point out how stupid the story is.
This is so bad.
I've got a rule, which does backlash sometimes, that I do not criticise anything before seeing it to the end.
A complete waste of time. I watched it because the old one is on the top of my fav list. I've heard it's bad, but if it's simmilar to the old series, it should be at least decent, right? Right? Uh, no.
Let's start with storyline. So, apparently, Oboro gave birth to twins. Oboro, who was not pregnant at any time (pregnancy is only possible to hide if
there is a single, small baby, and woman is a bit plump, not a case for twins and tiny Oboro). The story was fast-paced, there were no possibilities for a pregnancy and birth to go unnoticed. It just doesn't make any sense at all. The rest of it, how the characters are set up in obvious couples, their backstories, the current relationship between Kouga and Iga... It's like written by a 12yo. Heck, I've seen stories better than that written by schoolkids.
Characters? Manequins is more appropriate a word. No personalities. One one hand they are set up in relationships, on the other hand there is no chemistry at all. The ninjutsu is silly, someone lacked creativity coming up with those. A bunch of unhappy childhoods, dissapointed by adults, found friendship and wanting to die for leaders. Because. Kouga leader an emo boy hiding away, Iga leader having a tea-house to save cash (or whatever that shop was, I don't even remember). Really? One of them having a technique which resembles Hotarubi's butterflies. Actually, the only interesting technique was the floating eyeballs.
Art is average, not awful, yet not good enough to watch it purely for aesthetics.
Ever wanted an anime like Naruto except the Ninja world is ran by bunch of kids who are into incest? Well here is a little something for your specific taste.
Basilisk Ouka Whatever is a pretty fun anime when it comes to ninjutsu arts and samurai swordo fights. All sort of obscure weapons are wielded, blood splat, and body count is nothing but a number in this cold ninja world.
This raises the question: Why fight tho? This because the world consists of two different ninja clans and they don't like each others very much, so naturally they want to slap each others shit and kill everyone
who doesn't share their blood line.
Unfortunately, different opinions exits even within these prideful clans, some type of romeo Et juliet level side tracking plotlines start rolling in from here and there. Could an alliance like this actually give the world piece and unite the two ninja clans? Let me put it in this way: the entirety of the story could have been told in 4 episodes, but for some reason it is 24 long.
Most of our characters are generic and old fashioned in the typical samurai/ninja way. Rational thinking and fair judgement are only in the way when these warriors give their review. The important part is to preach your own flawless bullshit. The most original factor of our cast lies not within their personalities and characteristics, but in their ninja powers.
The foolish pride with the rather black'n white world create somewhat interesting settings for the main story and the lead kids who are not yet molded and influenced by it all to their very cores. I was able to enjoy this series more than I expected thanks to this factor. It's rather interesting to witness what type of decisions our kids make and what type of people they develop into. This is the biggest reason why I didn't drop the show.
Production wise, some interesting music choices have been made, and the art quite well captures the world the story takes place into. Other than that, not much is worth of noting.
I.e. quite average series which can easily be seen as both: bad and fine. I enjoyed the good things in it rather than was annoyed by the bad.
This show is Star-Wars Prequel level bad. Just like those movies did, it is retroactively making me love the first series less. Skip it. Like for real, and I'm not talking about the 90s toy Skip-It. Don't watch this show.
I must preface that this review is heavily colored by my love of the original Basilisk anime, which in my not particularly humble opinion was a masterpiece. I cannot help but to compare them, but to be honest that is fine. Nobody who didn't watch Basilisk OG is going to sit through this travesty anyway. This will contain some very mild spoilers, but it doesn't
matter because if you watch this and love the original it will just make you sad. Don't make the same mistake I did.
Basilisk OG had a tight, cohesive story that was set up in the first 5 minutes of the first episode could be summed up in a sentence: a macabre battle royale between two rival clans of ninjas with bizarre abilities. As of 4 episodes into Basilisk 2018 I have no idea what is going on, who anyone is, or why the hell I should care. The story is the worst aspect of this disaster of a show, and that is saying something. If I could give it a 0 I would, because as of yet there does not appear to be a story.
Art: Fine, I guess. That is the best I can say. The original had a distinct style and tone, and a dark and oppressive color palate that suited the bleak story. This one is bland and uninspired, with nothing at all of interest. Nothing stands out as being either good or bad. It just is. It's like a bowl of oatmeal. And also Basilisk 2018, don't think you can hide lazy or non-existent animation behind a bunch of muddy rain effects and think we won't notice. Not today Miss Thing.
Sound: Maybe the best part, although that isn't saying anything. The voice acting is good and the soundtrack is inoffensive. The best thing about the show is the sound, and the only good thing I can say about it is that it is not actively bad and some of the actors are talented. Yikes.
Characters: Offensively, aggressively, devastatingly bad. This was the best part of Basilisk OG. Some of the characters you hated, some of the characters you loved, but regardless of how you felt about a particular member of the cast the show gave you strong characters who knew who they were and what they wanted. I still remember their names, motivations, relationships, and abilities all these years later. By contrast, I watched an episode of this show five minutes ago and could not tell you anything about anyone. We don't know anything about the characters, about who they are and what makes them do the things they do. Or rather the things they would do, because as of episode 4 they haven't done a damn thing. At least 6 named characters have died so far. We know nothing about them, what their goals are, or even whose side they are on. Hell, we don't know if there are sides. We don't know what's happening.
Oh and the main characters are twin brother and sister and they are being set up to f*** each other. Wonderful. What a great replacement for Oboro and Gennosuke. Also they are apparently Oboro's and Gennouske's children even though we know that not to be possible because we saw them both die and Oboro was not pregnant, and particularly not with no damn twins. Also she stabbed herself in the stomach. Unless my high school sex ed class fails me, I'm pretty sure that's where the baby goes. It was Catholic school though so I may be wrong about that. This is the most disappointing part of all. It gets 10/10 sad pandas.
Enjoyment/Overall: Trash. I only gave it a 3 because I decided to go re-watch the original, and that made me happy again. The only reason I am going to finish this show is for nostalgia's sake. It is insulting to my memory of Basilisk. I'm not even going to acknowledge that this show exists. I am going to go full Indiana Jones Crystal Skull and block this out of my mind completely.
Basilisk Sequel, what Basilisk Sequel? Basilisk can't have a sequel, because everybody is dead as fuk. And it was glorious. Go watch it! Don't watch any hypothetical and nonexistent sequels to a show that was perfectly good as written.
Well.. I'm hugely disappointed. I really enjoyed the first series. The story was excellent, animation style was on point, and it wasn't trying to be anyone else. But this... this is.. a bastardized Naruto+KissxSis+FMA+Ironman+Steampunk cluster f***. ALL IN JUST 1 EP! Like I said earlier, the first series knew what it was. It knew what it wanted, and how to get there. The main heroine this season is immediately identifiable as a dere archtype. Why any dere should be in Basilisk, YOU GOT ME!? By the ending credits on the first episode I had trouble picking my jaw up in amazement (not positive) of the
transformation from Kouga, to this. The sheer fact that instead of solidifying the base of the story for it to stand on and progress on why things are the way they are right now, they instead use over 7 different references from the first series to support.. you guessed it, unjustifiable nothing! But hey you might relate in some understanding because they mention Kouga/Iga tension and then immediately sweep it under the rug so they can feed you a bunch of random info in the first episode so they can rush a story you won't feel attached to.
Yes yes, I understand I'm hating right now and that's ok to be honest. Because not every anime is for every person. Some people may see this and really enjoy it. That's the only reason I gave it stars 5 and the art/sound are good quality.. It's not horrible, but I don't think it's good. For those that do like it, good on ya and go have a blast. After deciding enough is enough with today's release of the 5th episode, I feel most people will stop before I did. In fact, most of the things I mentioned here can be realized within the first 2 episodes.